Michelle Schlefstein

“You can lead a person to knowledge, but you can’t make them think”

I understand the feeling of putting out fires all day, with over 15 years of experience in the fast paced manufacturing industry managing both the safety and environmental departments. I have experience implementing operational and compliance systems to help improve safety and reduce environmental impacts. We attend and conduct audits, plan training venues throughout the State of California for upwards of 1000 trainees. Provide mediation between State agencies and internal management with diplomacy and quick thinking.

Michelle Schlefstein
P.O. Box 1178
Winton, CA 95388

Functional Expertise:

Performance-Driven Manager with strong combination of cross-functional operations, compliance, and enforcement within the food manufacturing industry. I offer more than 10 years of progressively responsible experience implementing operational and compliance systems to help improve company safety incident rates and help to reduce the company’s environmental impact.

+ Considerable success in creating, proposing and implementing programs which stimulated greater employee involvement in safety, environmental and security awareness and prevention of accidents, harmful exposures and product and property loss.

+ Impressive record and continuing to improve on loss time accident ratios to hours worked by improving working conditions and methods of conducting work.

+ Liaison efforts with the County, State and Federal Governmental agencies involving safety, environment and emergency response efforts.

+ Extensive computer experience with Microsoft Office software, including advanced Excel spreadsheet development and PowerPoint for corporate presentations.

Complementary Management Strengths:

+ Skilled in developing staff to maintain efficiency and meet targeted goals.

+ Performance-driven; have consistently exceeded corporate goals and initiatives.

+ Excellent manager, leader, and collaborator skilled in cultivating a team-oriented environment.


PSIG Inc. (March 2015 – Current)


Develop site specific regulatory programs and ensure program compliance. Perform basic mechanical integrity inspections.

Dole Packaged Foods, Inc (formerly J.R. Wood, Inc.), Atwater, California (1999 – 2015)

Manufacturer of peaches, strawberries, grapes and apricots. Plant is capable of producing upwards of 1.3 million pounds of product daily. Total population during peak season is upwards of 1,300 employees including four company owned ranches which grow approximately 45% of the product the company produces.


Assesses plans and directs all of the activities involved in the management of the organizations safety procedures, processes, training and environmental compliance and correction efforts including response and clean-up. Management procedures and processes include safety, environment and security awareness and auditing as well as employee involvement in safety, security and environment.

+ Challenge: Lower Company’s recordable incident rate and Workers’ Compensation costs
Result: Lowered the Company’s incident rate by 70% and the Workers’ Compensation costs 94% between 2005 and 2008

+ Challenge: Maintain low incident rate
Result: Changed the way the Company tracks injury data. As a proactive approach, I identified major leading indicators as a way to prevent injuries before they occur. Spearheaded multiple projects to ensure the Company is capable of tracking the selected indicators. Incident rates have lowered in areas where projects have been implemented.

+ Challenge: Develop an environmental management system
Result: Created an environmental management system which logs, tracks and organizes paper and electronic copies into the main environmental categories; i.e. Air, Water, Waste, etc. Lotus notes ticklers are set up to remind effected management of important submissions dates.

+ Challenge: Maintain the Company’s Risk Management Program (RMP) / California Accidental Release Prevention Program (CalARP) and submit program updates to California EPA and the local Environmental Health Department respectively
Result: Successfully completed a California EPA RMP audit without any major fines levied. The EPA audit team, which consisted of two EPA employees along with two contract employees, completed the audit two hours ahead of time with only minor findings.


Merced Community College, Merced, California
Associate of Science Degree in Environmental Hazardous Materials Technology

USC Marshall School of Business
Food Industry Management Program (FIM)

University of Wisconsin – Madison
Process Safety Management Audits For Compliance and Continuous Safety Improvement (3-day course)
Principals and Practices of Mechanical Integrity for Industrial Refrigeration Systems (3-day course)
Process Hazard Analysis (Emphasizing Ammonia Refrigeration Systems) (3-day course)


Safety Center, Sacramento, California
Safety Professional of the Year
Professional Safety Institute – Safety Specialist Certificate
California Water Resources Board
Certified System Operator – Class D1
Certified Treatment Operator – Class T1
California Specialized Training Institution (CSTI) – State of California (Hazardous Materials Training)
Incident Commander
Safety Officer
Industrial Technician
General Site Worker
Certified forklift operator